Calendar of Upcoming Events

Monday, July 10—Friday, July 14
Vacation Bible School.  Church, 6:30-8:30 PM

Sunday, July 16
VBS Sunday.  Sanctuary 10:30 AM (Combined Service)

Monday, July 17--Saturday, July 22​
Youth Camp.  Warren Willis Camp, Fruitland Park, Florida

Tuesday, July 18
Church Council.  Library, 6:30 PM

Thursday, August 10 – 
Friday, August 11
Willow Creek Leadership Summit. Bay Hope United Methodist Church, Lutz, Florida
Annual VBS Week
Over 40 children are attending Vacation Bible School this week, July 10-14th. This year’s theme is “Hero Central”, where the children are invited to discover their strength with God. We want to thank Rolinda Smoak and her adult and youth leaders and teachers for making this week special for our children and their families.

Sunday, July 16th has been designated VBS Sunday. On that Sunday, children and their families and leaders will present what they learned during the week. It will be a combined service at 10:30 AM to which everyone is invited to attend and participate.

Youth Camp Next Week
Our young people will be off to Warren Willis Camp in Fruitland Park next week. At latest count, eight young people will be camping, having fun, and growing their faith. Please pray for the safety and spiritual growth of our youth during this period.

Keeping Cool in the Summer
We have passed the 50% point in our “keeping cool in the summer” campaign. We have raised over $875.00 on the way towards our $1,500.00 goal. The good news is that all our A/C units have been repaired—just in time for Vacation Bible School. Even better is that an anonymous donor has given us $1,000 to match the money being raised. Now, we need to keep the campaign going to conclusion by remembering to add $5.00 to our weekly or monthly giving dedicated to the RUMC Building Fund. This additional funding will be used to pay our final repair bills and to help restore our Building Fund to enable us to handle future emergencies. 

Renewing Our Partnership with 
Riverview Elementary
It’s hard to believe, but Hillsborough County Schools reopen on August 10th. That’s just a few weeks from now! Once again, RUMC is collaborating with Riverview Elementary School by providing them with emergency school supplies. Now is the time to purchase school supplies while they are readily available and relatively cheap. You can bring you school supply donations by the church office during the week, or put them in the bins set aside for that purpose on your next Sunday visit.

RUMC Metropolitan Ministry Project Launched
Saturday, June 24th marked the launch of RUMC’s Metropolitan Ministry Saturday Lunch program. Volunteers from RUMC and neighboring churches served food to all comers from 11:30 AM until 12:30 PM. Hot meals (a meat dish, a starch, and a vegetable dish) were prepared by Metropolitan Ministry in Tampa and delivered to our Crichton Fellowship Hall where it was dished up and served by our local volunteers. Desserts and bread were provided by RESTORE in conjunction with the Winn-Dixie bakery on Big Bend Road. Other contributors provided drinks, ice and the paper goods needed to make our first week a success.

On our first Saturday, we served 24 meals free to customers, and we continue to grow our client-base as word spreads throughout the community. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a nutritious hot meal, and to spend time in fellowship with their friends and neighbors.

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Pastors Message
About Us

8002 U. S. Highway 301 South, Riverview, FL  33578  813-677-5995
Sunday Services
Faith Groups/Sunday School, 9:00 AM-9:55 AM
Relationships/Refreshment, 10:00 AM-10:25 AM
Worship Service, 10:30 AM
Hispanic Worship Service
 12:00 Noon

Rev. Merritt Waters, Pastor
Norma Encarnacion, Lay Pastor, Hispanic Congregation

Here at Riverview First United Methodist Church, it is our mission to win people to Christ, to train believers to become disciples, and to send disciples to impact our community and the world for Jesus Christ.
Download the July, 2017
BELL Newsletter from this link.
Online Giving at RUMC

Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet. Or you can enter one-time contributions from the internet or by smart phone.

To get started, simply follow these easy steps:

  • Click on the Online Giving button below. This will take you to our church’s online giving webpage.

  • Click on our Create Profile button on that webpage.

  • Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring or one-time contributions.

Download the Prayer Tree for 
July 9 from this link.
Bible Passage of the WeekA  New Creation in the Gospel

So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The old things have gone away, and look, new things have arrived!

All of these new things are from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and who gave us the ministry of reconciliation. In other words, God was reconciling the world to himself through Christ, by not counting people’s sins against them. He has trusted us with this message of reconciliation.

So we are ambassadors  who represent Christ. God is negotiating with you through us. We beg you as Christ’s representatives, “Be reconciled to God!”

God caused the one who didn’t know sin to be sin for our sake so that through him we could become the righteousness of God. 

2 Corinthians 5:17-21 (CEB)